Govan Family History

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Govan Name Meaning

habitational name from Govan near Glasgow, first recorded c.1134 as Guven, possibly meaning ‘place of the smith’, although more recently a Cumbric word gir ‘hill’ has been suggested. from a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac a’Ghobhainn ‘son of the smith’, from gobha ‘smith’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Gogan, Gowan, Logan, Moran, Toran, Honan, Ronan, Cavan, Given, Dolan

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Govan Family Origin

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Govan Family Occupations

What did your Govan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Aero Engine Inspector and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Govan. 2% of Govan men worked as an Aero Engine Inspector and 55% of Govan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Govan were Barman and Assistant To Above

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Aero Engine Inspector
  • Angle Iron Smith Boilermaker Heavy Worker
  • Ass Area Manager (check Coy)
  • Barman

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Untrained Nurse
  • Ant Dealer Pinncipal
  • Assistant To Above

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Govan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Govan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Govan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Govan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Govan. For the veterans among your Govan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Govan Life Expectancy

What is the average Govan lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Govan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Govan in 1953 was 31, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Govan

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